NTSB reports repair error responsible for plane crash that killed Bellevue pilot

The Seattle Times reports that the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the plane crash that killed Shane Sullivan, of Bellevue, and seriously injured Rebecca Carroll on March 19, 2010 was caused by the maintenance crew failing to properly tighten the throttle cap on the Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

The aircraft accident that killed Sullivan, president of Cascade Risk Placement occurred as Sullivan piloted the aircraft from Concord, California to Renton Municipal Airport. The plane lost power near Morton and Sullivan attempted to land at Strom Field. Sullivan was unable to reach the airport and he crashed into trees near Highway 508, a couple miles shy of the airport.

The plane had only 11 flight hours after it was serviced at Auburn Flight Service and the NTSB’s April 12 report found that Auburn Flight Service failed to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance producers involving the throttle cap. A technician involved on repairing the plane reported that he had not performed a final inspection on the work completed.

Plane accidents often have catastrophic results such as in this case where one person was killed and another serious injured. Common causes of airplane accident include:

  • Pilot error
  • Negligence on the part of the air traffic controller
  • Defects in the plane
  • Weather conditions
  • Faulty maintenance

In cases such as this one where it appears that negligence on the part of the airplane mechanics were the cause of a death, the family of the deceased my choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation on behalf of their deceased loved one.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm has more than 30 years representing families with their wrongful death lawsuits.

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